The '''Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge''' ('''SPCK''') is the oldest Anglican Mission (Christian)|mission
organisation. It was founded in 1698 by Thomas Bray
(an Anglican priest), and a small group of friends. The most important early leaders were Anton Wilhelm Boehm
and court preacher Friedrich Michael Ziegenhagen
. The emphasis was on setting up schools, and the SPCK was a major factor in setting up church schools across Britain. Today, the SPCK is most widely known for its publishing of Christian books. A Scottish branch was founded in 1709. It sent missions to Scotland's Highlands, and a handful to Indians in the American colonies.
The Society was founded to encourage Christian education and the production and distribution of Christian literature. SPCK has always sought to find ways to communicate the basic principles of the Christian faith to a wider audience, both in Britain and overseas.